Central Library

10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. 410-313-7800.

•All Together Now. Saturdays, 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. All ages; 30 minutes.

•Eclectic Evenings. Second Tuesdays, 7 p.m.


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•English Conversation Club. Mondays, 10 a.m., and Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. Practice speaking and understanding English in a group setting. Register before attending.

•Kindergarten Here We Come. Thu., Aug. 18, 7 p.m.; Fri., Aug. 19, 2:15 and 3:30 p.m.; and Sat., Aug. 20, 2:15 and 3:30 p.m. Stories and activities to help mark the first day. For children entering kindergarten. 45-60 minutes; registration required.

•Play Partners. Fridays, 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Ages up to 23 months with adult; 20-30 minutes.

Scrabble Smackdown. Aug. 30, 1 p.m.

•Teaching Artful Thinking. Aug. 25, 7 p.m. Learn strategies to promote and develop creativity in children, and how the arts can foster natural imagination in young children.

East Columbia Branch

6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. 410-313-7700.

•All Together Now. Mondays, 10:15 and 11:15 a.m. All ages; 30 minutes. Limited space; tickets are available at children's desk 30 minutes before class.

•Black Fiction. First Saturdays, 1 p.m.

•Box Lunch. Second Tuesdays, 12:15 p.m.

•Movin' Up to Middle School. Mon., Aug. 22, 7 p.m. Starting sixth grade? Meet new classmates and discuss the big move. Register online or at the branch.

•Teen Iron Chef: Ice Cream Battle. Thu., Aug. 18, 6 p.m.

Elkridge Branch

6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge. 410-313-5077.

•Elks Excellent Reads. Second Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m.

•Kindergarten Here We Come. Thu., Aug. 18, 7 p.m. Stories and activities to help mark the first day. For children entering kindergarten. 45-60 minutes; registration required.